July 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Cubs Could Shake Things Up Prior To Trade Deadline

Jul 16, 2019 8:03 AM

The Chicago Cubs are leading the National League Central, but Ken Rosenthal believes that the club could shake things up this month.

Rosenthal reports that Kyle Schwarber is the leading candidate for a trade, but also writes that rival executives "fantasize about Kris Bryant becoming available."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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MLB Likely To Introduce Advertising Patches Within Three Years

Jul 16, 2019 7:53 AM

There is "considerable interest" in Major League Baseball adding advertising patches to uniforms.

The NBA has had success selling patches the last few years and the expectation is that they'll become commonplace in baseball within three years.

"We're examining the patch, but clearly we have things to work through first," said Noah Garden, MLB executive vice president of business and sales. "I'd say it's inevitable down the road, but certainly not immediate. This is something that requires a fairly long runway. There are lots of things to take into consideration, but I think we will get there."

Advertising patches would need the MLBPA's approval and the current collective bargaining agreement does not expire until December 2021.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

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Matthew Boyd, Shane Greene Could Be Options For Phillies

Jul 17, 2019 9:15 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are in dire need of pitching help as the trade deadline approaches.

The Phillies haven't made the postseason since 2011 and have slumped since a hot start to 2019.

Jim Bowden suggests that Matthew Boyd and/or Shane Greene of the Detroit Tigers could be options for the Phillies.

"Boyd would fit nicely in the Phillies' rotation, giving them a lefty to follow Aaron Nola," Bowden writes, "and Greene would certainly upgrade the back end of their pen."

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Among Teams Showing Interest In Robbie Ray

Jul 17, 2019 9:10 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams showing interest in a trade for Robbie Ray.

The 27-year-old has a 3.81 ERA with a 2.59 K/BB ratio in 111 inning (20 starts) for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ray is owed the balance of a $6.05 million salary for this season. He's third-year arbitration-eligible going into the 2020 season.

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Interested In Trading For Jake Diekman

Jul 17, 2019 9:05 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in acquiring Jake Diekman in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Diekman, 32, can become a free agent at the end of the season.

The left-hander has a 4.97 ERA in 38 innings this year.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Have 'Identified' Will Smith As Top Trade Target

Jul 16, 2019 7:57 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have "identified" Will Smith as a top trade target this month, according to a report.

The Brewers and San Francisco Giants are talking with and scouting each other.

Smith, 30, will be a free agent at the end of the season. He has a 2.17 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP with a 13.0 K/9 rate.

Robert Murray/The Athletic

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Luis Severino Open To Pitching Out Of Bullpen

Jul 16, 2019 7:45 AM

Luis Severino is itching to get back on a Major League mound and says he's open to pitching out of the bullpen for the New York Yankees.

"I just want to pitch," Severino said. "It doesn't matter where or when, in the bullpen or as a starter, I just want to pitch."

Just three weeks ago Severino was shut down for a second time this season after an MRI revealed the injury in the back of his throwing arm wasn't quite 100 percent healed.

"I'm real confident," he said. "Even the last time when they sent me back, I didn't feel nothing. Maybe they were afraid of something bigger happening. I just know that I feel good."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Mike Trout Day-To-Day With Calf Strain

Jul 16, 2019 7:39 AM

An MRI has revealed that Mike Trout has a small strain in his right calf.

The Los Angeles Angels are listing Trout as day-to-day.

Trout experienced soreness during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners and was removed to begin the third inning. He is 12-for-32 with eight home runs in nine games this month.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Trade Montgomery To Royals For Maldonado

Jul 16, 2019 1:33 AM

The Chicago Cubs acquired catcher Martin Maldonado for left-hander Mike Montgomery, the reliever who secured the last out of the Cubs' 2016 World Series championship season, in a deal with the Kansas City Royals, the teams announced Monday.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Yankees Among Those Scouting Noah Syndergaard

Jul 15, 2019 8:01 AM

The New York Yankees were among those scouting Noah Syndergaard during his start against the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

Syndergaard allowed just two runs while striking out nine over seven innings.

The San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros are also believed to have interested in the right-hander.

Kevin Kernan/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Trade Prices Continue To Be 'Enormous,' Even For Rentals
The trade market hasn't yet picked up despite the fact that teams aren't able to make trades in August anymore.

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Cardinals Move Michael Wacha Back To Bullpen
The Cardinals have moved Michael Wacha from the starting rotation for the second time this season.

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Angels 'Playing It Safe' With Mike Trout's Sore Calf
Mike Trout left Sunday's game early with a sore right calf.

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A's Acquire Homer Bailey From Royals
In exchange, the Royals received Kevin Merrell, a Double-A infielder from the Athletics.

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Bob Gibson Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

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Red Sox Acquire Andrew Cashner From O's
The Orioles will receive minor leaguers Elio Prado and Noelberth in the deal with the Red Sox.

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Francisco Cervelli Denies He Wants To Stop Catching
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli says it "was a misunderstanding."

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Angels Honor Tyler Skaggs With No-Hitter
Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to no-hit the Mariners in a 13-0 win at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

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Mets Release Matt Kemp
Matt Kemp appeared in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .235, with one home run and three RBIs.

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Mets GM: 'We Are Incredibly Disappointed'
The Mets season has not gone the way they wanted with a 40-51 record after losing Friday night.

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Nationals Push Back Max Scherzer's Next Start
Nationals ace Max Scherzer is dealing with back soreness.

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Corey Kluber's Right Arm Is Healing
Indians starter Corey Kluber could begin throwing bullpen sessions soon.

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Dwight Gooden Arrested For Cocaline Possession
Dwight Gooden is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

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David Ortiz Undergoes Third Surgery After Complications
David Ortiz underwent a third surgery earlier this week because of complications from the gunshot wound he suffered last month in the Dominican Republic.

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Jake Marisnick Suspended For Collision With Jonathan Lucroy
Major League Baseball has suspended Jake Marisnick for two games for his violent home plate collision with Jonathan Lucroy before the All-Star break.

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Shelby Miller, Brewers Agree Upon Minors Deal
Shelby Miller was released by the Rangers last week after he was designated for assignment.

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J.D. Martinez Not Close On Opt-Out Decision
J.D. Martinez can opt out of his contract with the Red Sox this offseason and hit the free agent market.

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Astros, Brewers, Padres Have Called Mets About Noah Syndergaard
The Mets could deal Noah Syndergaard this month, but the return would have to be very high.

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Gerrit Cole: Half The League Doesn't Care About Winning
Gerrit Cole believes too many Major League teams are tanking this season.

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White Sox Start Work On MLB's First Pole-To-Pole Netting
The project is expected to be completed in time for the White Sox's next home game July 22.

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